Since attending Book Blogger Convention I have been pondering what taking my blog to the next level means and how I personally define the next level, because we all have our own ideas and benchmarks of success.
I love having something to work towards. I know it’s weird, but for someone who hates math, I sure do love numbers. I like how concrete they are. I like that numbers give me a benchmark.
I feel like stats are a topic that gets people talking. We all really want to improve our stats right? And I am sure we all have different ideas of what is a correct measure. Some of us measure based on followers. Some on RSS subscribers. Some on page views. Some on unique hits.
I know some people are private about their stats and seemingly get offended when asked what their stats are. Personally, I am wide open about mine. I think the transparency keeps me honest. When I say I get X amount of hits per day, I can back it up with an open sitemeter that anyone can click on and see. However, I did take down the followers widget, because I don’t see that as an accurate measure of stats and for a myriad of other reasons.
Now, why oh why am I prattling on about stats? Well, they are part of what I want to do to take my blog to the next level. Right now, today 6/5/2011 I get an average of 339 unique hits per day according to my sitemeter. Now, this is awesome. This is a benchmark I couldn’t have forseen when I was just barely getting 100 hits. However, I am greedy. Maybe not greedy, but I have a new number to strive towards. In taking my blog to the next level stats wise, I’d like to be at 500 unique hits per day. I use SEO, I network, I write decent reviews. Now, I think I can get to this amount with some killer content, and staying consistent. I feel like the average that I see for blogs with open sitemeters is from 100-300, so you know, this is something possible to work towards. I’ve seen the big bloggers with sitemeters of 1500 hits a day on average. That’s not me or anywhere close, but you know seeing them makes me think, okay 500 isn’t so bad and it’s a reachable benchmark.
Of course on this BOOK REVIEW blog reviews would play a large part in my own personal definition of taking my blog to the next level. Guys, my need to be reviewed queue is pitifully LONG. I have got to make myself more timely about writing reviews.
Also, one of my goals for hitting the next level: Having at least 500 reviews posted here at Good Books And Good Wine. As of today I am at 280 book reviews. Not bad, huh? So that leaves me 220 more to post until I hit that goal. I am thinking I can totally hit that goal by this time next year.
Right now I am satisfied with how I write my reviews, but you know that’s something that I think I constantly improve with the more reviews I write.
This was one of the pieces of blogger currency mentioned at the Book Blogger Convention Keynote. I think this is something that I definitely need to work on. I’d like to add a charity component to the readathons I participate in.
I’d like to be kinder to fellow bloggers, especially new bloggers. I’d like to do what I can to promote new blogs. Even if it’s just a mention on twitter of a new blog. FYI if you ever have questions about blogging, feel free to contact me. I can’t promise immediate answers or a quick answer back, but I will reply. I don’t mind using my knowledge to help others.
Speaking of that, part of my plans are to do a weekly link based post featuring awesome content I’ve read during the week, because although I am an awesome blogger, surely I am not enough to sate your appetite and well, there’s a world of fantastic posts out there.
So, that’s my take on me personally taking my blog to the next level.
I do have a few questions for you though.
1. What do you consider to be good stats?
2. What is your measure of stats?
3. How do you personally define the next level for your blog?
4. Do you have any plans on taking your blog to the next level?